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A team at Microsoft Research has developed an app for smartphones that they say will accurately gauge the mood of the user based on their activity, location, and time of day. "Mood sensing can build an interesting digital social ecosystem as users' devices automatically share their moods with close friends and family," the …

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Joke

I can see it now...

User is at home? Check!

User is behind his/her computer? Check!

IP address is known with Microsoft? Check!

Users PC is running Windows 7? Check!

Mood: You suffer from suppressed moments of anxiety.

Advice: It's because your computer isn't as effective as it could be, and your subconscious knows this. Fortunately you don't need to seek professional help, just get a Windows 8 license, unlock your true potential and change the way you work forever!

[2 months later]

User is at home? Check!

User is behind his/her computer? Check!

IP address is known with Microsoft? Check!

Users PC is running Windows 8? Check!

Mood: You suffer from depression.

Advice: Consider seeking professional help.

[user thinks: man, this application is GOOD]

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Trollface

If only...

If only they'd finished this research BEFORE releasing Windows 8 or revealing the XBone

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They are depressed and lonely because they thought that Windows RT was a good thing.

(Hat off and insulting finger gesture to Eadon; wherever he may be).

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What would this app say to Eadon?

Either very angry or suggestion to check for malfunctioning caps lock.

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Anonymous Coward

Great

Now the NSA can send you a phishing email when you are at your least defensive.

One click later and you find that you have hacked into a database and are guilty of a serious offence.

The extradition papers arrive 10 mins later.

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Anonymous Coward

NSA, GHHQ..

...will be able to completely monitor people now.

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Looks like it's focused on others knowing the user, not enabling the user some self knowledge... Furthermore it seems made for lazy parents...

"How's my kid doing, uh, I'd better check with the phone because I have no clue myself"

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Windows

"Furthermore it seems made for lazy parents"

No, this is being developed by computer nerds for computer nerds as they are so socially inept that they can't figure this stuff out on their own.

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Marvin's getting a Twitter account?

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Training ?

> and with training the software can increase that figure to 93 per cent

That is, of course, training the user to match his mood to the 'prediction'.

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Windows

User is...

Using Windows- yes

Predicted mood- Unhappy/Angry.

Not rocket surgery, is it?

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Anonymous Coward

Tech giants talk about stepping up the 'creepy line' but not crossing it...

Well this is firmly across it IMHO!

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Big Brother

tail -9 /nsa/msft/w8p/826381.log

20131105212347-Debug-High pulse rate detected.

20131105212349-Debug-Agressive keystrokes detected.

20131105212401-WARN-KWD.

20131105212408-WARN-KWD.

20131105212412-WARN-KWD.

20131105212413-WARNING! Sensor damage.

20131105212413-WARNI

### host lost ###

SWAT dispatched at 20131105212414

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not going to work

I mean, where is smug?

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Re: not going to work

The iOS default setting?

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